Dr. Sadeghi’s 12-Minute Purge Emotional Writing Exercise – PEW-12

Purge Emotional Writing is a “Truly Hot” Method for Neutralizing Negative Energy

It’s clear that words have tremendous power and whether their effects are positive or negative depends on how you choose to use them. You may have heard it before, but I can’t express how powerful a tool freeform writing is to expel negative energy from our minds and hearts. In fact, I used it daily during my recovery from cancer. Every patient that comes to me with stage 3 or 4 cancer gets a treatment plan that includes a practice I call Purge Emotional Writing (PEW-12). No matter what your condition is, I firmly believe in its transformative power to heal from the inside out.

Find a quiet place and with pen in hand, simply write whatever is on your mind. It could be about your job, finances, personal relationships or anything else. Just start. Don’t stop to think about what you’ll write next or self-edit. This is not the time to be polite. This exercise works best if you just keep going. Forget about punctuation, making your handwriting pretty or even legible. In fact, you may get to the point where your emotions are flowing so fast and furious that you can’t even write real words anymore. That’s great! That means the fire is really flowing. Just keep the pen in contact with the paper and let it roll out of you.

Before you begin, it helps to set a timer for exactly 12 minutes. Why 12? I believe it’s because the number 12 has a very sacred significance. Many of the world’s historical prophets had 12 followers or disciples. There are 12 months in the year and symbolize the completion of a cycle. Christ fed thousands with 5 loaves of bread and had 12 baskets of abundant leftovers. The number 12 symbolizes balance as there are exactly 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night in a 24-hour period. In many faiths, the number 12 represents the holy trinity as 3 x 4. When 12 minutes end, stop writing.

“This exercise is similar to an emotional chelation. You’re drawing the poison energy out of your spirit in small amounts.” – Dr. Habib Sadeghi

Immediately take the pages to a secure place like a concrete patio or your driveway and set them on fire. Your barbecue can work well, too. Don’t just tear them up. Fire is transformative and cleansing. Your goal is to neutralize the negative energy and fire does that by changing the chemical composition of the paper to ash. Do this several times each week until you feel the emotional shift as your burden of negative energy becomes lighter and lighter.

A couple things to remember: As you finish each writing session, do not re-read what you’ve written! To do this is to re-infect yourself with the negative energy. I’ve had patients do this and experience things like diarrhea and other symptoms shortly thereafter. Don’t do this on a computer or other electronic device. Because the physical energetic connection is so important, this exercise must be done in your own handwriting. Done over time, this exercise is similar to an emotional chelation. You’re drawing the poison energy out of your spirit in small amounts. As that level begins to fall, you make room for healing energy to enter in and replace it. You may use lots of powerful, negatively-charged words during this process to dispel pain but remember to never direct them toward yourself. Self-judgment is not an act of self-love. Be kind to yourself by always allowing yourself to be in your own truth in every moment. You have every right to feel what you feel.

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Dr. Habib Sadeghi is the co-founder of Be Hive of Healing, an integrative health center based in Los Angeles. He provides revolutionary healing protocols in integrative, osteopathic, anthroposophical, environmental, and family medicine, as well as clinical pharmacology. He served as an attending Physician and Clinical Facilitator at UCLA-SM Medical Center and is currently a Clinical Instructor of Family Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Sadeghi is a regular contributor to Goop, CNN, BBC News and TEDx. He is the author of Within: A Spiritual Awakening to Love & Weight Loss, as well as the foreword to Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Good, and is the publisher of the health and well-being journal, MegaZEN.

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